I know what you’re thinking. You’ve noticed that your hairline has started receding and you’re wondering if this is the start of going bald. First off, don’t let yourself become stressed out. By noticing hair loss in its early stages, you’ve already taken the first step towards correcting the problem.
For many men, the receding hairline goes unnoticed in the early stages. They’ll tell themselves that those extra hairs at the bottom of the shower basin are from regular shedding, or that their growing widow’s peak has always been there. Fortunately, you were able to catch your receding hairline early, and that is the first step towards fighting hair loss.
Just because there is no magical pill to prevent balding doesn’t mean that fighting hair loss is a losing battle – even if you’re genetically predisposed to male pattern baldness. Sometimes all you need to do to slow down that receding hairline is make a few adjustments in your daily routine, and here are some ways how.
1. Go easy on your scalp
Are you a habitual head rubber? Too much brushing your hair and scratching your scalp can damage your hair follicles, which can contribute to a receding hairline. If an itchy scalp leaves you constantly scratching your head, you might want to explore different shampoo options – like something to prevent dandruff. Try looking for a shampoo with pyrithione zinc as the active ingredient, as it’s effective at treating dandruff and other skin-related conditions.
Also, certain hairstyles that pull your hair back, like ponytails, man buns, and cornrows, put unnecessary stress on your follicles over time which can also cause your hairline to recede. If you’re sporting one of these hairdos and you notice your forehead getting a little bigger over time, you may want to think about changing your hairstyle.
2. Spend some time doing something you enjoy
Do you find yourself stressed and worried all the time? If so, that could be a contributing factor to your receding hairline. Since stress is linked to hair loss, experiencing frequent bouts of anxiety and worry may be causing your hairline to recede faster than it should. If you feel stressed and overwhelmed, spend a little time every day doing something that makes you happy. It could be going for a walk, exercising, or even reading a good book – whatever it takes to help you unwind. Not only will this self-maintenance time make you feel happier and healthier, it could also slow down your hair loss. Talk about a win-win.
3. Eat healthier meals
If your diet is not giving you the vitamins and minerals you need, your hair is one of the first things affected. As soon as you start noticing that you’re shedding more hair than usual, take a look at your diet. Living off of fast food, frozen dinners, and processed foods may be one of the factors behind your receding hairline. The good news is that fixing your diet is relatively easy. All you need to do is add some more fruits and vegetables to each meal, or don’t skip on your daily multivitamin dose; if you do both, then you’ll be giving your hair everything that it needs to stay strong and healthy.
However, what you should not do is go overboard with the supplements. Studies have actually linked an over consumption of vitamins A and E to increased hair loss, so keep your vitamin dosage under 10,000 UI a day.
4. Make minoxidil part of your daily routine
Minoxidil is a topical solution that’s applied directly to the scalp, usually twice a day, in order to treat hair loss. Unlike other remedies and holistic health tips, minoxidil is scientifically proven to stop hair loss in the majority of men who use it. Not only does it help prevent further hair loss, minoxidil causes new hair growth in roughly 40% of the people who use it. However, minoxidil has one catch: if you don’t use it, you lose it. With that said, as long as you're happy with using it daily, minoxidil can be an effective way to stop a receding hairline.
The most important thing to remember when trying to prevent hair loss is that there’s no such thing as a magical cure. Pharmaceutical breakthroughs like minoxidil and finasteride – a pill designed to stop hair loss by disrupting the hormones that cause male pattern baldness – can help with your receding hairline, but they won’t magically stop you from losing your hair if you suddenly quit taking them. For this reason, it’s important that you approach hair loss medication with the intent of sticking to a long-term regimen in order to enjoy their overall benefits.
If you’ve had any experience with any of these preventative methods, feel free to leave us a comment telling us how they’ve helped you.
Finasteride is for use by MEN ONLY and should NOT be used by women or children.
Read this Patient Information before you start taking Finasteride and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment.
What is Finasteride?
Finasteride is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).
It is not known if Finasteride works for a receding hairline on either side of and above your forehead (temporal area).
Finasteride is not for use by women and children.
Who should not take Finasteride?
Do not take Finasteride if you:
are allergic to any of the ingredients in Finasteride. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in Finasteride.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Finasteride? Before taking Finasteride, tell your healthcare provider if you:
have any other medical conditions, including problems with your prostate or liver
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
How should I take Finasteride?
If you forget to take Finasteride, do not take an extra tablet. Just take the next tablet as usual.
Finasteride will not work faster or better if you take it more than once a day.
What are the possible side effects of Finasteride?
decrease in your blood Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels. Finasteride can affect a blood test called PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) for the screening of prostate cancer. If you have a PSA test done you should tell your healthcare provider that you are taking Finasteride because Finasteride decreases PSA levels. Changes in PSA levels will need to be evaluated by your healthcare provider. Any increase in follow-up PSA levels from their lowest point may signal the presence of prostate cancer and should be evaluated, even if the test results are still within the normal range for men not taking Finasteride. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you have not been taking Finasteride as prescribed because this may affect the PSA test results. For more information, talk to your healthcare provider.
There may be an increased risk of a more serious form of prostate cancer in men taking finasteride at 5 times the dose of Finasteride.
The most common side effects of Finasteride include:
a decrease in the amount of semen
The following have been reported in general use with Finasteride:
in rare cases, male breast cancer.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of Finasteride. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA1088.
How should I store Finasteride?
Keep Finasteride in a closed container and keep Finasteride tablets dry (protect from moisture).
Keep Finasteride and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about the safe and effective use of Finasteride.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in this Patient Information. Do not use Finasteride for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Finasteride to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.